*I was absent when the assignment took place in class*- I apologize for turning this assignment in late, as well as the previous assignment. I am now caught up with other classes and am trying to catch up with TOK missing assignments.
1. Which cards did your group find easiest to place? Which did you find most difficult?
Reading blogs, due to my absency, I read that a few mentioned that difficult cards to place were those that did not seem bad. Many “lies” did not seem bad so they were placed at the bottom. Another group had put that “lying under oath” was the worst and felt that this was one of the easiest to place. The worst are the white lies that we all tell.
2. How similar or different was your order from that of other groups? Were there any surprises?
Some of the gropus had put performance-enhancing drugs really high on the continuum, in which they mean that it is horrible. While looking at blog posts, it looks as though there were different perspectives. One group had put their performance-enhancing drug card low on the continuum. This is because they felt that many drugs could all under “performance-enhancing”. One group had similarities with their continuum, except that they listed “lying under oath” as the worst lie, as to everyone else felt that perfromance enhancingn drugs were worse Everyone else thought that performance enhancing drugs were worse. This is interesting how everyone holds different perspectives, even when placed into groups.
3. Were there cases where you’d need more information about the context before placing it?
Some groups felt that they needed more information with cards, such as, the cards that said “plastic surgery”, “artificial flavoring”, “performance-enhancing drugs”, and “Your Uncle Jack makes a racist comment and you let it pass unnoticed.” They felt that the situation would have been more clear and perhaps more fair if they knew more information.
4. How many of these forms of deception have you engaged in – be honest ?
Reading blogs, I realized I have things in common with my peers. I have also done things like tell someone their haircut is nice when I don’t really think so.
5. How widespread do you think deception is in the population at large?
I think that it is very widespread. This is because a lot of lies would be made everyday around the world, even the government lies. I think everyone does it, even the really goodie people. Commercials and advertisements lie in order to get more customers; perhaps things are exaggerated. The common human being lies to be polite, like when giving compliments. How true is true in science? Also, a lot of teenagers and children lie to their parents and teachers to not get in trouble.
6. How do you define a “lie” – which of these cards would you classify as “not a lie” and why?
I would define “lie” as not being honest. While reading blogs, I agree and would not classifty actions as lies, like jogging faster when you know someone is watching. Being honest with this situation would most likely be okay, because people do get uncomfortable… I do not see a problem with jogging faster because of this uncomfortable feeling. I am pretty sure most people would do the same.
7. Under what circumstances, if any, is it acceptable to mislead or deceive other people? Should we tell the truth at any cost, or are other things, such as happiness, more important?
Well, sometimes it is better to lie than tell the truth. Like if someone is in a coma and dying, perhaps a lie would be that it is not known if the person would get out of coma or not, just to not make everyone sad yet (like in the book, The Descendants). It would be really sad to tell a little girl that her mother is dying at the wrong moment, so it would be alright to lie for a little, just to buy time. Sometimes we need to lie, because it is the right thing to do. Some people would lie about love to not hurt the other.Or, if it is for safety issues, I think lying would be appropriate. But then again, sometimes lying is not good. For example, with cheating on tests or quizes. The teacher would in the end be more appreciative if the student told the truth.